Taking a Break

thankyoubloodyI want to start this blog by saying how much I love all of you who come here. You are a very lovely, loyal band of readers who are always so kind and so sweet and so giving. Whatever comes after this, I want you to know how much I’ve appreciated the support since Married With Zombies came out in 2010.

But the time has come for me to face a bitter truth, both for me and maybe for some of you. The merry band of Jesse Petersen readers just is not big enough and it does not seem to be growing. Sales for the Living With the Dead series and the Club Monstrosity series ranged from terrible to abysmal, which truly breaks my heart since they were hella fun books to write, all of them, and I think all of us involved in their production had high hopes for their commercial success.

Unfortunately, the publishing business isn’t always predictable and what we hoped would happen did not, despite the efforts of my publishers and myself. I write full-time and writing is how I support my family, so there came a time when I had to take a hard look at where I was and what I needed to do in the future.

So I have decided to step away from the Jesse books at this point. Failure is difficult for artists and I promise you that I struggled with this decision for a long time. There were many conversations and tears in this house as I faced the painful decision that it was time to let this part of my writing life go, at least for the time being, and focus on my other writing persona, Jess Michaels, which I also adore writing and pays my bills.

I won’t be blogging here anymore unless there is some kind of news to share. I probably won’t visit my Facebook/Twitter pages as often(though I’ll still pop in from time to time if there is something I can’t help but share like the horrible clown in the Florida Everglades picture that I posted in June and still haunts my dreams). If you email me (zombiegirl@jessepetersen.net), I will totally respond!

Thank you again, to the readers who did buy the books and let me know how much they meant to them. It helped a great deal during sometimes dark times and you are the reason there was ever a Zombie Whisperer or either of the Club Monstrosity books.

I hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.

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  • Gemma Harding

    *sobs uncontrollably*

    Jesse Peterson was ahead of her time and who knows, in the future you may come back to this writing world.

    Good luck and God speed! *salutes*

  • Amanda Athey

    I’m so sad to hear this news. I absolutely loved your books. I have never laughed so much while reading. I even got my boyfriend to read your books. I do hope that you will be back soon!!! I do really hope you keep writing anyway, even if it’s not being published. Write for yourself! You never know what can happen or change!

  • missbonnie13

    This breaks my heart too because your books have always been such fun to read. I guess I’ll just have to read romance more often so I can still continue to support you. 🙂 Wishing you the best of luck in all your writing endeavors…

  • Aurian

    I am very sorry to read this. I still have to start reading your books, but married with zombies is on my shelf. There are just too many series out there I want to read, and only so much/little reading time. So it often takes a few years before I am able to start a new series, which then already has a few books in it. And that will be true for more readers. Good luck with your career, and I am certain you will be back writing paranormals.

  • Michele Miller

    Is the break over yet? How about just one monster book a year? Or maybe a monster theme romance since your romance books do well? Combine the two 🙂